Fawaz A. Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and holder of a Professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies. He was also the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013.
He earned a doctorate from Oxford University and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Gerges has taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia, and was a research scholar at Princeton and the chairholder of the Christian A. Johnson Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, New York.
His special interests include Islam and the political process, social movements, including mainstream Islamist movements and jihadist groups (like the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda), Arab politics and Muslim politics in the 20th century, the international relations of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, state and society in the Middle East, American foreign policy towards the Muslim world, the modern history of the Middle East, history of conflict, diplomacy and foreign policy, and historical sociology.
Gerges’ recent books include Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Arab World (Princeton University Press, March 2018), ISIS: A History (Princeton University Press, April 2016), Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings (Palgrave MacMillan Press, September 2015), The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, November 2014), Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment? (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2012) and The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is also the author of several recently acclaimed books: Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Harcourt Press, 2007), and The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (Cambridge University Press, 2005). The Washington Post selected The Far Enemy as one of the best 15 books published in the field. Journey of the Jihadist was on the best-selling list of Barnes and Nobles and Foreign Affairs Magazine for several months.
Gerges has been the recipient of a MacArthur, Fullbright and Carnegie Fellowships and his books, including America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Superpowers and the Middle East: Regional and International Politics (Oxford and Westview), have been translated into a number of foreign languages.
No armchair historian, Gerges was recently a Carnegie Scholar, where he completed extensive field study in the Middle East. Over the years, he has interviewed hundreds of civil society leaders, activists, and mainstream and radical Islamists in the Muslim world and within Muslim communities in Europe.
His articles and editorials have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Baltimore Sun, The Independent (London), Al Hayat (London), Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, The National Interest, Democracy: a Journal of Ideas, Middle East Journal, Survival, Al Mustqbal al-Arabi, Middle East Insight, and many others.
Gerges has given scores of interviews for various media outlets throughout the world, including ABC, CNN, BBC, PBS, CBS, NPR, CBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, and LBC. He has been a guest on The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Bill Moyers Journal, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, ABC Nightline, World News Tonight, Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), This Week, Good Morning America and other prominent shows. He was a senior ABC television news analyst from 2000 until 2007.